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Duration: 1 hour, 19 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland HD

Classic comedy set in London during the Blitz. A girls' school is evacuated to the country, but due to a bureaucratic error they find themselves billeted with a boys' school. Show more

Contributors

Wetherby Pond:
Alastair Sim
Miss Whitchurch:
Margaret Rutherford
Victor Hyde-Brown:
Guy Middleton
Miss Gossage:
Joyce Grenfell
Rainbow:
Edward Rigby
Arnold Billings:
Richard Wattis
Miss Jezzard:
Muriel Aked
Director:
Frank Launder

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Duration: 1 hour, 32 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Classic comic drama based on Oscar Wilde's play about two bachelors who each pretend to be the dashing but wholly imaginary Ernest when courting two ladies. Show more

Contributors

Mr Jack Worthing:
Michael Redgrave
Mr Algernon Moncrieff:
Michael Denison
Miss Gwendolen Fairfax:
Joan Greenwood
Lady Bracknell:
Edith Evans
Miss Cecily Cardew:
Dorothy Tutin
Rev Doctor Chasuble:
Miles Malleson
Merriman:
Aubrey Mather
Coach Driver:
Ivor Barnard
Producer:
Teddy Baird

Duration: 1 hour, 26 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

An impoverished man (Norman Wisdom) makes an unlikely bet to raise money to buy a gift for his secret love. As his fortune turns, a series of slapstick misunderstandings ensues. Show more

Contributors

Richard Lumb:
Leslie Phillips
Miss Daviot:
Delphi Lawrence
Mr Stoneway:
Edward Chapman
Mrs Hackett:
Marjorie Rhodes
Phoebe:
Joan Sims
Cranley:
Michael Ward
Man in Cinema:
Felix Felton
Producer:
Hugh Stewart

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Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Biography of British film pioneer William Friese-Greene, who designed and patented a working cinematic camera. His life was dogged by hardship and lack of recognition. Show more

Contributors

William Friese-Greene:
Robert Donat
Edith Friese-Greene:
Margaret Johnston
Helena Friese-Greene:
Maria Schell
Maurice Friese-Greene:
John Howard Davies
Lord Beaverbrook:
Robert Beatty
Arthur Collings:
Eric Portman
May Jones:
Glynis Johns
Platform Man:
Cecil Parker
Assistant in Laboratory:
David Tomlinson
Bank Manager:
Emlyn Williams
Hotel Receptionist:
Kay Walsh
Police Officer:
Laurence Olivier
Maida Vale Doctor:
Leo Genn
House Agent:
Marius Goring
Industry Man:
Peter Ustinov
Nursemaid:
Sheila Sim
Broker's Man:
Stanley Holloway
Miss Tagg:
Renee Asherson
Company Promoter:
Roland Culver
Ethel Friese-Greene:
Janette Scott
Cousin Alfred:
Bernard Miles
Mrs Claire:
Joyce Grenfell
Maurice Guttenberg:
Frederick Valk
Official Receiver:
Michael Hordern
Sergeant in Storeroom:
Sydney James
Doctor's Housekeeper:
Thora Hird
Recruiting Sergeant:
William Hartnell
Sitter in Bath Studio:
Googie Withers
Sitter in Bath Studio:
Richard Murdoch
Sitter in Bath Studio:
Sybil Thorndike
Mrs Stukely:
Joan Hickson
Industry Man:
Peter Jones
Director:
John Boulting

Duration: 1 hour, 41 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

Classic satire on British industry in which an upper-class dimwit (Ian Carmichael) is thrown onto the shop floor by his crooked uncle in an attempt to provoke a strike. Show more

Contributors

Fred Kite:
Peter Sellers
Stanley Windrush:
Ian Carmichael
Major Hitchcock:
Terry-Thomas
Sidney De Vere Cox:
Richard Attenborough
Bertram Tracepurcel:
Dennis Price
Mrs Kite:
Irene Handl
Director:
John Boulting
Producer:
Roy Boulting

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Duration: 1 hour, 21 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland

Available for 11 days

In 1949, a group of Londoners discover an old royal treaty suggesting that Pimlico is legally a part of Burgundy. They declare Pimlico's independence to avoid postwar rationing. Show more

Contributors

Arthur Pemberton:
Stanley Holloway
Shirley Pemberton:
Barbara Murray
Duke of Burgundy:
Paul Dupuis
Professor Hatton-Jones:
Margaret Rutherford
Bert Finch:
Charles Hawtrey
Writer:
TEB Clarke

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Duration: 1 hour, 34 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Available for years

Wartime thriller set aboard a ship bound for Canada from Britain, in which an undercover agent is approached by a Nazi spy scheming to sabotage a British convoy in Nova Scotia. Show more

Contributors

Jim Garrick:
Richard Greene
Sally Maitland:
Anna Neagle
Betty Maitland:
Nova Pilbeam
Mrs Towchester:
Margaret Rutherford
Jan Orlock:
Albert Lieven
Madame Orlock:
Lucie Mannheim
Lady Maitland:
Marjorie Fielding
German Commander:
Valentine Dyall
Admiral:
David Horne
Major Fothergill:
Claude Bailey